Rev. Frank Raney and his family in front of the 4th Street church
1883 -- 52 people signed a petition for a church.
Presbytery assigned a group of pastors to lead a group for formation.
July 22, new congregation assembled in Derby's Hall at Main Street and Washington.
1885 -- Original church built at Fourth/Kentucky Street
1909 -- Ladies of Philethea, an organization of women, served as ushers
World War I -- Joined with local Christian and Congregational churches for united worship services twice a week
Outreach and assistance to families through Ladies Aid Society
Meeting place for Women's Christian Temperance Union
World War II -- Church became a community prayer center, with vigils for victory and peace.
A portion of tithes were sent to assist in the war effort.
1941 -- First woman Elder elected
1963 -- Old church destroyed, stained glass windows put in storage.
Congregation moved to new building on B Street
FPCP members among those who formed FISH, a short-term emergency organization that was the forerunner of COTS and the Petaluma Kitchen
1976 - Happy Day Preschool established
1978 Pastor Hugh Goss and members helped form Petaluma Ecumenical Projects (PEP) to create housing for seniors and people w/disabilities
1981 -- Hope Counseling established
2005 -- Project undertaken to restore stained glass windows
2008 -- 125th anniversary celebrated July 5-6
In the mid-1980s, stained glass windows from the original Fourth Street church were rediscovered in storage -- in a chicken coop. Member Ken Nugent led a restoration project and wrote a history of the windows.
Most of the windows are now are mounted and backlit for display in our sanctuary. The transom window is located in the Fireside Room.
Below: 125 anniversary celebration